How Might We Explore Improvements to Input Delivery and Antestia Bug / Potato Taste Defect Control?

June 1, 2017 - Author: AGLC Team

Backgrounder 8: How might we explore improvements to input delivery and antestia bug / Potato Taste Defect control? June 2017

KEY ISSUES

1. For those farmers who receive inputs from CEPAR / NAEB, they receive far less than the recommended dosage, which serves as a major barrier to coffee quality and productivity.
2. Coffee farmers often consider the inputs they receive from CEPAR / NAEB as “free,” even though farmers pay for them through the export fee. Farmers rarely spend their own money on additional fertilizer or pesticides.
3. With limited access to inputs, farmers do not apply the proper doses of fertilizer and pesticide consistently to all trees, nor do they apply consistently throughout the year. Inconsistent and incorrect application can negatively impact productivity, profits, and human and environmental safety.

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